Leon Day: The 1945 G.I. World Series

Back in the late 1980’s, I was fortunate to make the acquaintance of Leon Day. The old Negro Leaguer lived nearby me in Baltimore, and I would spend afternoons in his little second floor baseball room listening to his stories. I once asked him what was the best game he ever pitched, and instead of naming his Opening Day no-hitter or one of his record-setting strikeout games, Day told me about his Game 2 masterpiece in the 1945 G.I. World Series… […]

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“Rosey” Rosenstein: Memorial Day, 2022

Among the 200,000 U.S. Army soldiers that stormed ashore on the Philippine island of Leyte in November of 1944 was a 24 year-old staff sergeant named Milt Rosenstein. Just three years earlier he had a spectacular first season in professional ball, winning 20 games, led his league in strikeouts and pitched the Miami Beach Flamingos to the Florida East Coast League Championship. […]

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Luis Olmo: Kidnapping, safe houses, and other minor league hijinx

As one of the first Puerto Ricans to play in the minors, Luis Olmo knew he’d face many obstacles – but he had no idea they would include kidnapping, a Harlem safe house and contract hijinx by the most powerful men in the game. […]

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